[Greeter] should be able to control music service while greeter locked

Bug #1260978 reported by Jamie Strandboge on 2013-12-14
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Media Hub
Fix Released
Thomas Voß
Ubuntu UX
Jouni Helminen
indicator-sound (Ubuntu)
ubuntu-music-app (Ubuntu)
ubuntu-settings-components (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Not sure what component to file this against-- please reassign as desired.

I use my phone to play music on random while I'm driving. This works great except when I want to advance or pause the song, where I have to go through the greeter first to access the player. This can either take my attention away from driving or I need to wait until the next stop light to advance the song. This is less of a concern when the greeter can just be swiped with one gesture, but is a big concern if you enable the passcode lock where you have to add the passcode to access the player.

If the music is playing, the greeter should allow rudimentary manipulation of the music, eg, pause/play and forward/back. Other platforms seem to allow for this (eg android).

Related branches

Jim Hodapp: Approve (code) on 2014-09-10
PS Jenkins bot: Needs Fixing (continuous-integration) on 2014-09-10
Marcus Tomlinson: Approve on 2014-09-10
Nick Dedekind: Approve on 2014-09-10
Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :

This integration is meant to come through the indicators, as far as I can tell, same as we have on the desktop:


Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
kevin gunn (kgunn72) wrote :

it would be nice to have an abbreviate flow of input events to get to the controls, compared to what it would take to get to indicator panel today.

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) wrote :

saviq, just to be explicit, currently this is not exposed via the indicator (I think that is what you meant by 'meant' :).

kgunn72, I agree-- while from the greeter I can access the sound indicator, its ease of use for this use case is somewhere between a passcode-less swipe of the greeter (since I have to do a fine-motor swipe down as opposed to a general right to left swipe) and having to enter a passcode in the greeter. I think relying solely on the indicator would not fully address the use case I described (driving), so abbreviated events makes sense. I'm not sure what the abbreviated flow of events would look like, but whatever it is, ideally it wouldn't require having to do extra precision gestures.

On a related note, right now (ie, going through the greeter to get to the media player) once I get to the player, I have to do precision taps to do what I want-- if we are going the indicator route, hopefully we will have quite large buttons to do this (I can imagine 3: play/pause toggle, back and forward).

Changed in indicator-sound (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
summary: - should be able to control music service from the greeter
+ [Greeter] should be able to control music service from the greeter
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: nobody → Daniela Ferrai (dferrai)
John Lea (johnlea) on 2014-07-21
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Daniela Ferrai (dferrai) on 2014-08-05
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
assignee: Daniela Ferrai (dferrai) → nobody
assignee: nobody → Estibaliz Landa Torres (estilanda)
kevin gunn (kgunn72) on 2014-09-04
no longer affects: unity8

retargeting to better match the current state of design and direction.
this feature is already supported by the ui, with a little bit of media-hub work on its way in order to support music controls on top of the greeter.

summary: - [Greeter] should be able to control music service from the greeter
+ should be able to control music service while greeter locked
Changed in indicator-sound (Ubuntu):
status: New → Opinion
Changed in ubuntu-music-app (Ubuntu):
status: New → Opinion
Changed in ubuntu-settings-components (Ubuntu):
status: New → Opinion
Changed in unity8 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Opinion
John Lea (johnlea) on 2014-09-05
summary: - should be able to control music service while greeter locked
+ [Greeter] should be able to control music service while greeter locked
Changed in media-hub:
status: New → In Progress
assignee: nobody → Thomas Voß (thomas-voss)
importance: Undecided → High
Jim Hodapp (jhodapp) on 2014-09-10
tags: added: rtm14 touch-2014-09-25
tags: added: ota-2
removed: touch-2014-09-25
kevin gunn (kgunn72) wrote :

ok, closing this because I believe tvoss did his part.
and the rest of the bug is actually covered by bug 1368827

Changed in media-hub:
status: In Progress → Fix Released
no longer affects: unity8 (Ubuntu)
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
importance: Wishlist → Low
assignee: Estibaliz Landa Torres (estilanda) → Jouni Helminen (jounihelminen)
Changed in ubuntu-ux:
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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